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New ACE teacher dashboard available for undergraduate courses

The Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) early alert tool was implemented via LEARN in Semester 1 this year. ACE draws data from student engagement with course materials, assignments and Echo360, and provides students with a graph to monitor how their academic engagement is tracking compared to their peers.

Initially, ACE was set up to provide targeted support to first-year students enrolled in 100-level courses who are at risk of disengaging with their studies. An ACE Coordinator oversees the response process and works with key staff and services to help get potentially at-risk first-year students back on track to succeed. Unless approached by their College, teaching staff do not have to do anything if a student is flagged by the ACE tool. More information about ACE is available here>

Following the move to online learning, ACE has expanded to capture student engagement for 200 to 400 level undergraduate courses. A new ACE Teacher Dashboard is also now available for teaching staff to access. While this means that students and staff in 200 to 400 level courses will also be able to view the engagement levels via the dashboards, ACE will continue to only provide targeted support to first-year students enrolled in 100 level courses.

The ACE Teacher Dashboard  
Teaching staff have the option to use the new ACE Teacher Dashboard to get an overview of student engagement levels within 100 to 400-level undergraduate courses.

Drawing on students’ LEARN and Echo360 data, the tool shows:

  • Latest engagement – The number of students at each level of engagement (none/low/medium/high) within a course over the last three or seven days.
  • Historical engagement – The average engagement level of students in a course over time (three or seven day increments), allowing teaching staff to get an idea of how their students have been tracking.
  • Student engagement – The names of students who are enrolled in a course at each level of engagement, and the functionality to contact them (note – this doesn’t apply to 100-level courses, which ACE monitors).

You can access an ACE Teacher Dashboard on LEARN by clicking on the Course Management cog symbol at the top of the screen when you are on a course page. Then click on ‘Analytics for Course Engagement’ under the heading ‘User Links’. You can find out more about the ACE Teacher Dashboard functions here> 

If you have any questions about ACE or the ACE Teacher Dashboard please email

UC contributes to fight against COVID-19

From the maths behind the lockdown, to a prototype face shield for health workers – UC staff and students are providing a range of important contributions in the fight against COVID-19.  

Below is a snapshot of just some of the incredible research and work our community is currently involved in. Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

  1. Shayne Gooch and other staff are collaborating with Professor Alexander Slocum from MIT to evolve a new design for a low-cost ventilator based on a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) type, which is commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation in emergency care situations.
  2. Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase is working with his          former PhD student Dr Yeong Shiong Chiew (now based at Monash University, Malaysia) and his EU H2020 research consortia partner Dr Thomas Desaive (University of Liege, Belgium) along with their ICU partners at CHU de Liege, to develop a way to safely ventilate two patients on one ventilator.

    There is strong interest in ventilating multiple patients on a single ventilator due to the overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients – especially in areas like Italy and New York City. They have developed a low-cost, simple design that removes the risks associated with current proposals for ventilating multiple patients, and creates a safe, effective way to put two patients on a single ventilator. Professor Merryn Tawhai (University of Auckland and Director of the MedTech CoRE) has joined the team, which brings together world leaders in lung modelling and intensive care research, and has strong clinical links in Europe and locally with Christchurch Hospital Senior ICU Specialist and University of Otago School of Medicine Professor Geoff Shaw. They are now applying for funding to prototype and prove their ideas, translating them to low-cost, easily used hardware, and intend to share their design worldwide for everyone’s benefit.

We know there is a lot more great work like this happening at UC. If you’d like to share your work, email

COVID-19 | 21 March

Kia ora koutou,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today about the increased risk from COVID-19, we have received many queries from anxious students.

Therefore, in consultation with all Colleges and the TEU, we have decided this is the appropriate time to accelerate our plans for online teaching delivery. 

From Monday 23 March all lectures and tutorials will be delivered and available online. For further details of these arrangements please see:

Campus facilities remain open.  If you are unwell, please stay at home. Staff who are in an at-risk group are advised to contact their manager to discuss arrangements for working from home.

Staff who require support for teaching online are advised to contact Kaylene Sampson.  Resources are available to support staff for this purpose.

The health and wellbeing of our UC community is our priority. The situation we all face is unprecedented. Our goal remains to provide quality education and to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. For additional support the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available.

Please continue to use if you have any queries.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

UC April graduation ceremonies – update

On 16 March the Ministry of Health advised that gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

In response to this, and due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, UC graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 and 9 April won’t go ahead.

UC has contacted all graduands directly. Their qualifications will be formally conferred in absentia and certificates will be posted to graduates. UC plans to hold graduation celebrations later in the year to celebrate and recognise their significant achievements.

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Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) outage

The Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) dashboard, which first-year 100 level students and teaching staff/course administrators can access through LEARN, is currently unavailable.

UC’s IT team has been advised of a problem with the system and have taken it down while they investigate.

Further information will be provided early next week to those who have been affected. We apologise for any inconvenience.